The Florida Panthers have named their new head coach and it will be as expected, Gerard Gallant – the now former Montreal Canadiens ex-assistant coach.
Gallant, 50, has been the front runner to get the job throughout the process, beating out former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.
This will be the second NHL coaching opportunity for Gallant, after being the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets for parts of three seasons.
Dale Tallon on his new coach,
Gallant becomes the 13th head coach in the team’s history. He will now be reunited with Jonathan Huberdeau, who he won the Memorial Cup with at Saint John with the Sea Dogs.
In over 600-career NHL games, Gallant registered 211-goals and 1,674 penalty minutes. He had four consecutive seasons with over 30-goals and 200-penalty minutes.